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to reduce spending. we couldn't come to an agreement on that. so jack lew came to harry reid and said, here's our suggestion. do a sequestration. harry reid rejected it initially. jack lex said, what if we do half of it in defense spending? so an automatic across-the-board cut if we can't find a way to reduce spending in other ways we'll do an across-the-board cut with half of it in defense and the other half of it from other parts of the budget. harry reid agreed with jack le w, the president's chief of staff, so then it came to the senate and went to the house where we begrudgingly agreed. we didn't want to see this. i don't think the white house wanted to see sequestration as well. but this plan that was put in place, the house, the senate and the white house all agreed to was to find some way to reduce spending by $1.2 trillion in long-term spending. the first option was the select committee, the supercommittee, as it was called. it obviously failed in its task. shortly after that, the house of representatives said that the select committee has failed in this task. we cannot have seques
the president told me and harry reid told me they would work with us to get an outcome out of the super committee, i felt confident we could get an outcome out of the super committee. unfortunately we didn't. >> you can see the entire briefing to night on c-span. >> and congressional leaders head to the white house for negotiations about those spending cuts. press secretary jay carney spoke about that in today's briefing. >> the senate will vote on the proposal put forward by democrats that would deal with the sequester, postpone the sequester in a balanced, responsible way. we expect that that bill will get majority oh support in the senate. the only reason it may not pass the senate a minority of the republicans would fill bust they're bill. a pretty stark indication of the state of things when a bill that has majority support is blocked by a minority when that bill would avert the problem that we have confronting us with this imminent deadline. so we'll have to see what the republicans do and whether they fill bust they are bill. maybe they will have a change of heart and that will a
reid yesterday filed a motion to limit debate and force vote on the hagel nomination. harry reid said today, though, that republicans are mounting a full-scale filibuster of the hagel nomination. he said that there's never been a filibuster of a secretary of defense in the country's history. discussion on the nomination continues. senator leahy on the senate floor now and that is live on c-span2. also coming up live on booktv.org later today at 7:00 p.m. eastern, stephen hess who wrote "whatever happened to the washington reporters: 1978-2012." he interviewed journalist who is were covered the federal government and washington and 30 years later talked to 283 of those to find out where things went on in their career and the fields they covered. that discussion with stephen hess gets under way at 7:00 and that's at booktv.org. >> we have a habit in this country, if i may say, now of glossing over presidents. we decided, some people, that they're balancedying -- bald eagles and they have to be treated as symbols of the country. what that means, though, is you have -- you have a smoothin
of working to replace these security cuts with cuts to waste, president obama and harry reid are trying to pass a tax hike in the senate. a tax hike that the nonpartisan c.b.o. says will increase our deficit for the next two years. it seems that instead of solving the problem, president obama and his allies are only making it worse. mr. speaker, it's time to get serious about the $3 billion we borrow every day and cut spending in a responsible way that saves the american dream and keeps our national security strong. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> again, thank you, mr. speaker. unless we do something, friday will be a day that none of us will want to see but that very few of us seem to have the colonel or convention to prevent. mr. lowenthal: today, we have two options. devastating meat cleaver cuts or political courage. last week in my district
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